Research & Publications

Service Learning
A Growing Library of Engaged GW Scholarship

This page features a library of faculty scholarship, as well as additional information related to presenting and publishing engaged scholarship.  If you would like to feature your engaged scholarship here, please contactus at [email protected].

Inaugaral Nashman Research Award | Engaged Scholarship at GW | GW Resources | Presentation Opportunities | Publishing Opportunities | External Resources

Inaugural Nashman Research Award

1st: Shanna Helf
"Aging through Change: Gentrification, Social Capital, and Senior Citizens of Washington DC's Wards 1 and 6"

2nd: Katherine Stasaki and Elsbeth Turcan
"CAPITAL Words: Algorithmic Generation of Reading and Spelling Exercises for Low-Literacy Users"

Engaged Scholarship at GW


Professor Phyllis Ryder, University Writing
Rhetorics for Community Action: Public Writing and Writing Publics 

Professor Susan Jones, Law
Innovative Approaches to Public Service through Institutionalized Action Research: Reflections from Law and Social Work


GW Office of the Vice President for Research 

Community-participatory research (also called community-based research) has a long history of helping university faculty address community-identified needs. Visit the OVPR for more information about funding opportunities for faculty research. Contact the Academic Service-Learning Coordinator for CPR/CBR resources and support.

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Featured Opportunities to Present

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Featured Opportunities to Publish

In addition to traditional, discipline specific publications, we recommend the following service-learning specific periodicals:

  • Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning
    The MJCSL is a national, peer-reviewed journal for college and university faculty and administrators that [endeavors] to publish the highest quality research, theory, and pedagogy articles related to higher education academic service-learning.
  • Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship
    Peer-reviewed international journal that integrates teaching, research, and community engagement in all disciplines, addressing critical problems identified through a community-participatory process.
  • Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement
    Premier, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal to advance theory and practice related to all forms of outreach and engagement between higher education institutions and communities.
  • The Journal on Excellence in College Teaching
    Peer-reviewed journal published at Miami University by and for faculty at universities and two- and four-year colleges to increase student learning through effective teaching, interest in and enthusiasm for the profession of teaching, and communication among faculty about their classroom experiences.
  • Journal of Experiential Education (JEE)
    Peer-reviewed, scholarly journal presenting a diverse range of articles in subject areas such as outdoor adventure programming, service learning, environmental education, therapeutic applications, research and theory, the creative arts, and much more.
  • Reflections 
    A peer reviewed journal, provides a forum for scholarship on writing, service-learning and community literacy
  • Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
    First national, peer-reviewed scholarly journal dedicated to Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)
  • International Journal for Service-Learning in Engineering
    The Journal welcomes manuscripts based on original work of students and researchers with a specific focus or implication for service learning in engineering, engineering entrepreneurship in service, or related service learning pedagogy.
  • Urban Education
    Publication provides thought-provoking commentary on key issues from gender-balanced and racially diverse perspectives
  • Community Works Journal
    The Journal features essays and reflections along with curriculum overviews that highlight the importance of place, service, and sustainability to education.
  • Education, Citizenship and Social Justice
    A peer-reviewed journal that provides a strategic forum for international and multi-disciplinary dialogue for all academic educators and educational policy-makers concerned with the different dimensions of division in society within the context of education, citizenship and social justice across the full spectrum of education and education-related institutions and practices.
  • Journal for Civic Commitment
    Twice-yearly, online journal dedicated to service learning and civic engagement, published by the Community College National Center for Community Engagement.
  • Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship
    First issue Fall 2008, published by the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Manuscripts are invited for this new peer-reviewed journal that is intended to provide a mechanism for the dissemination of scholarly works from all disciplines that integrate teaching, research, service, and community engagement. Information and submissions: [email protected]
  • The Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education
    Publishes accounts of a range of research focusing on case studies emphasizing community engagement and engaged learning practices, methodology, and pedagogy.
  • Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement
    A peer-reviewed publication that serves as a forum to promote continuing dialogue about the service and outreach mission of universities and to foster understanding of how the service and outreach mission relates to the teaching and research missions as well as the needs of society. Edited by Melvin B. Hill, Jr., the journal is published by the Institute of Higher Education and the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach of the University of Georgia.
  • Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education
    The Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education aims to advance the status and prospects for publicly engaged teaching and research in the academy by showcasing the new disciplinary and/or pedagogical knowledge generated by engagement with the community.
  • Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement
    Partnerships publishes academic articles that recognize that successful engaged learning depends on effective partnerships between students, faculty, community agencies, administrators, disciplines, and more. The articles in this peer-reviewed journal focus on how theories and practices can inform and improve such partnerships, connections, and collaborations. Studies co-authored by faculty, students, and/or community partners; or examining practices across disciplines or campuses; or exploring international networks are all encouraged. This journal, which is published and archived by North Carolina Campus Compact, is free to access.
  • The International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement
    This is a journal reviewed and published by the International Association of Research on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (IARSLCE). It is an online journal dedicated to sharing high-quality research focused on service-learning, campus-community engagement, and the promotion of active and effective citizenship through education.
  • eJournal of Public Affairs
    This is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, open-access journal published by Missouri State University and affiliated with the American Democracy Project. The journal is focused on scholarship related to engagement in the public arena and, in particular, to the following themes: considerations of citizenship and what it means to be a citizen, including global citizenship and eCitizenship; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, problem solving, and leadership related to citizenship and civic engagement; Assessment of civic-engagement projects; and the relationship between social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) and civic engagement.


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Featured External Resources for Research and Publication

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For GW, a Day of Service

More than 600 volunteers spent the day working on community projects and honoring King's life and legacy.

University Holds Children's Book Drive

The GW community is coming together to donate books for local nonprofit organizations.

Volunteers Empower Communities Worldwide

Alternative break participants tackled environmental and economic issues while amassing 6,000 service hours on their collective trips.